Mountain Almanac for the Week of July 7

Tuesday, July 6

 The Green Mountain Falls  Town Hall has opened to the public for the first time since the pandemic.  Town hall will be open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information, call 719-684-9414 or visit the town’s website.

Green Box Arts  Festival Final Week. This is the final week for the Green Box Arts Festival, featuring a variety of classes, performances and events for the annual several-week celebration  that ends on July 11.  The festival has been capped by ballet, theater and musical performances, art displays, block parties, guided hikes and a variety of workshops.  A dedication also will occur for the forthcoming James Turrell Skyspace installation this week. To register and receive more information, visit

Wednesday, July 7

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for July 7 at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center at 9 a.m. Meet at the lower level and choose a one, two or three-mile hike. Maps are available. Healthy living tips and mindfulness exercises to enhance your walk. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water. Free admission.

Music on the Mesa, featuring Head for the Hills. Scheduled for July 7 at 4 p.m. at Gold Hill Mesa, 142 S. Raven Mine Drive. Free and family friendly. Food trucks available. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

New Gift Shop Hours. The Ute Pass Historical Society has new hours! The gift shop will be open Wednesdays 10-noon; and Thursdays through Saturdays 11-4. Stop by and check out our great selection of historical books, cards, art and jewelry. While here, ask about taking a free guided tour of  the five historic buildings in History Park. The gift shop is located at 231 E. Henrietta Avenue,  next to the Woodland Park Library. Call 719-686-7512 Watch the trailer for the Teller County dude ranch Video coming out later this year.

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on July 7 in the CC Council Chambers at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting will feature a legislative update by the city’s lobbyist, Solomon Malick.  CC council meetings are in-person, but it is suggested you contact the city clerk’s office 719-689-2502, if you wish to attend. Citizens also can participate virtually by accessing the city’s website.

Lawn Concert Series. Scheduled for July 7 and featuring Edie Carey. This will be held at 6 p.m. at the Manitou Springs Library Carnegie Building, 701 Manitou Ave. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket.

Thursday, July 8

Teen and Tween Chalk Art Mural. Schedule for July 8 at noon at the Ute Pass Library, 8010 Severy Road, Cascade. Come and design a chalk mural! Ideas will be provided, but this project will let your creative side shine! This program will be outside. In case of bad weather, please check with the library to see if it is cancelled. The event is designed for ages 9-18.

Gallop in the Garden, Scheduled for July 8 at  3:30 p.m. This is a 5K Fun Run/Jog/Walk in Garden of the Gods. Meet at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center. There is free admission, but facial coverings required.

Chuck Wagon Chat. Scheduled for July 8 at 1:30 p.m. at the Garden of the Gods’ Jaycee Chuckwagon Plaza. Join Park Interpreter Bowen Gillings for a discussion on how to explore the park and Leave No Trace, hear some of his favorite stories about the garden, and answer questions. Free and open to the public.

Meeting Cancellation. The Woodland Park Planning Commission, originally scheduled at the Woodland Park Council Chambers on July 8 has been cancelled. Their next scheduled meeting is on July 22. In-person attendance is permitted, and the meetings are available online.  For more information, call 719-687-9246.

Friday, July 9

Tee-off Time.  The Shining Mountain Golf Course is open for daily play for the 2021 season, and the course is in great condition. In addition, the clubhouse bar is open, along with the driving range and chipping area. In addition, the restaurant is now open on a limited basis from Thursday through Sunday. Driving carts are now available.  Call 719-687-7587 for more information.

Furbaby Friday. Scheduled for July 9 at  9 a.m. at the  Garden of the Gods Visitor Center. Bring your furry friend, check in at the visitor center and get a free map of pet friendly areas in the park and register for the giveaway.

Farmers Market. Scheduled every Friday from now through September at N. Center Street near Memorial Park in Woodland Park from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Our Vendors come from all over Colorado and provide a variety of products to choose from. Including, Colorado fruits and vegetables, fresh baked bread, honey, coffee, food trucks, and more. We have space for 100 vendors, providing a large variety of products. For more information, call Lara Maas (Shadwick) at 719-400-9986.


Parent’s Night Out Enjoy a night out while your kids have a blast at the pool at the Woodland Aquatic Center. Your kids will swim, play games and eat pizza. Suitable for ages 6-17. Scheduled for July 9 from 3:30 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 719-687-5225.

Night Sky Program. Scheduled for July 9 from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Join park staff and members of the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society to gaze at the dark skies above Florissant Fossil Beds in search of planets, galaxies, nebulas, and more. Meet on the front patio of the visitor center. There are no additional fees for any park programs beyond the daily entrance fee of $10.00 per adult (15 and younger are free). Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument offers 15 miles of beautiful, yet lesser known, hiking trails to explore, a free Junior Ranger Program, three short self-guided trails, a park video (online) and a bookstore (open on weekends only).  For additional information, please call (719) 748-3253 or visit our website: or on Facebook or Twitter at /FlorissantNPS

Under the Colorado Moon and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Live performances have returned to the Butte Theater in Cripple Creek, with their summer melodrama show, Under the Colorado Moon and the Golden Age Musical, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Both shows extend through the summer until mid-August. For reservations, call 719-689-6402 or visit


Saturday, July 10

Gold Camp Trolley Tours. The Gold Camp Victorian Society will present again the Original Historical Gold Camp Trolley Tours. The tours, which began on Saturday May 29,  continue every Saturday through Labor Day weekend. Each tour starts at 1 p.m. from the District Museum in Cripple Creek. These 90-minute tours are led by our Victorian hostesses and feature many of the characters from Cripple Creek’s storied history, as depicted by members of the Gold Camp Victorian Society. Please join us for the only historical trolley tour in Cripple Creek. A donation of $10 is requested. These tours are fun for the whole family. Space is limited, so arrive early to reserve your seat.


Ice Cream Social. Scheduled for July 10 at noon at the Old Colorado City Library Meeting Room. Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with a free prepackaged frozen treat while supplies last.

Skyspace Dedication and Block Party. A dedication for the forthcoming James Turrell Skyspace installation will occur on July 10 at the Farm Stand in Green Mountain Falls, next to The Pantry restaurant, starting at 1:30 p.m. Also, later that evening, a block party will occur, starting at 7 p.m., featuring music by The Reminders. The party will occur outside the Farm Stand area.

Mueller Hikes and Activities.  Kick off  summer at Mueller State Park, one of the secret gems of the state’s park system. While most state parks are overloaded with visitors due to the pandemic.  Mueller provides ideal trails without massive crowds. Typical weather this spring at Mueller can provide some great outings.  A full schedule of naturalist programs can help you to look, learn and enjoy the surroundings.  Enjoy guided hikes and special programs.   For more information, call 719-687-2366.


Chamber Golf Tournament. The annual Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce golf tournaments is scheduled for July 12 at Shining Mountain Golf Course. It will kick off at 7:30 a.m. and include a breakfast, 18-hole tourney (scramble format) with cart and lunch. For more information and to register, call 719-687-9885.

Gold Camp Adventures. Tours of the Cripple Creek & Victor Mining District will be offered this summer from the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. The new tours will highlight gold rush history and gold mining. The tours will be conducted using transportation and drivers from Parks & Recreation and an experienced tour guide from the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. All of the tour proceeds from the new tours will benefit Parks & Recreation and the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum, furthering the missions of both community-minded organizations as a win-win fundraising option for both. The tours will provide the chance to learn about the district’s unique gold rush history – including gold mining old and new, pioneers, and ghost towns. Tours can be packaged with a walking tour of the Sunnyside Cemetery near Victor on select Saturdays this summer as well as with museum admission and gold panning. For more information, call Ruth Zalewski at 719-689-5509.

Gold Rush Days.  Scheduled for July 16-18 in Victor and features a spree of games, historic tours, demonstrations and unique celebrations.  Considered one of the best summer festivals in the high country. 2021 marks the 127th anniversary of Victor. This historic celebration offers an opportunity to step back into the past and enjoy the sights and sounds of the mining activities that are at the heart of Victor’s beginnings.

Bronc Day. The 83rd annual Bronc Day  is scheduled for Saturday July 31 from 9am to 3pm
Enjoy a one day, one of a kind family fun western themed event with entertainment, a parade, food, kids’ games, gold panning, vendors, horses, bright blue skies, a beautiful lake and so much more! Bronc Day is one of the longest historical events running in Southern Colorado. It began in 1939 to welcome cowhands, tourists and families who were coming to the Ute Pass area to rodeo, vacation or work the summer trades. It led to some fun times and Bronc Day became an annual day that people set aside to attend as part of their summer experience and family memories! Over the years, it has expanded with kids’ games, gold panning. lots of vendors selling their wares and fabulous food from our local merchants. All this along with live entertainment: singing, Victorian dance lessons, western costumes, rubber ducky races on the creek and much more. It truly is the friendliest day and the most fun event for your family to enjoy! There is no admission fee. So put July 31st on your calendar for a drive to the beautiful town of Green Mountain Falls and the 83rd Annual Bronc Day Festivities.